Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

33-2011 Firefighters

Control and extinguish fires or respond to emergency situations where life, property, or the environment is at risk. Duties may include fire prevention, emergency medical service, hazardous material response, search and rescue, and disaster assistance.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
304,080 1.0 % $22.94 $47,720 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.81 $15.24 $21.84 $28.90 $36.31
Annual Wage (2) $22,480 $31,690 $45,420 $60,120 $75,520


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 274,930 4.98 $23.29 $48,450
Other Support Services 11,180 3.92 $14.88 $30,950
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,870 0.38 $22.66 $47,130
State Government (OES Designation) 7,130 0.31 $21.90 $45,560
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 620 0.24 $18.10 $37,640

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 274,930 4.98 $23.29 $48,450
Other Support Services 11,180 3.92 $14.88 $30,950
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,870 0.38 $22.66 $47,130
State Government (OES Designation) 7,130 0.31 $21.90 $45,560
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 620 0.24 $18.10 $37,640

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 110 0.01 $33.31 $69,280
Scientific Research and Development Services 300 0.05 $30.56 $63,570
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 40 0.03 $27.89 $58,000
Facilities Support Services (8) (8) $25.91 $53,890
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 390 0.08 $25.85 $53,770


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 33,200 2.36 1.00 $34.15 $71,030
Texas 24,130 2.34 0.99 $21.89 $45,530
Florida 23,210 3.24 1.37 $24.41 $50,770
Ohio 19,710 3.96 1.67 $20.45 $42,550
Illinois 15,530 2.79 1.18 $22.74 $47,300




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ohio 19,710 3.96 1.67 $20.45 $42,550
Maine 2,260 3.92 1.65 $15.25 $31,720
Rhode Island 1,730 3.83 1.61 $23.24 $48,340
Massachusetts 11,520 3.65 1.54 $23.67 $49,240
Wisconsin 9,170 3.47 1.46 $14.92 $31,040




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 33,200 2.36 1.00 $34.15 $71,030
New Jersey 4,000 1.06 0.45 $33.73 $70,160
Washington 8,130 2.99 1.26 $30.31 $63,040
New York 13,520 1.60 0.68 $29.44 $61,240
Nevada 1,680 1.51 0.64 $27.80 $57,830





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 9,520 2.66 1.12 $25.73 $53,520
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,840 2.05 0.87 (8) (8)
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 5,800 5.93 2.50 $23.40 $48,680
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 5,240 2.35 0.99 $19.81 $41,210
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 5,130 3.06 1.29 $24.96 $51,910
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,880 2.38 1.01 $24.59 $51,140
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,230 1.66 0.70 $20.10 $41,800
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,820 2.79 1.18 $33.71 $70,120
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 3,740 2.20 0.93 $24.69 $51,360
Columbus, OH 3,450 3.87 1.63 $22.28 $46,340




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 370 8.30 3.50 $16.46 $34,230
Port St. Lucie, FL 800 6.75 2.85 $27.28 $56,740
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MA 300 6.36 2.68 $23.46 $48,800
Redding, CA 360 6.22 2.62 (8) (8)
San Angelo, TX 270 6.21 2.62 $21.51 $44,740
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 5,800 5.93 2.50 $23.40 $48,680
Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA 100 5.84 2.47 $20.06 $41,720
Flagstaff, AZ 320 5.69 2.40 $18.30 $38,050
Eau Claire, WI 420 5.48 2.31 $11.24 $23,380
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 670 5.43 2.29 $22.31 $46,410